CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The Union College softball team held off a late comeback bid by Campbellsville (Ky.) in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, taking a 6-5 decision from the host Lady Tigers.
In game two, Campbellsville came back and defeated the Bulldogs, 14-0, in five innings. With the results, Union went to 7-5 overall on the season.
In the first game, Union fell behind early, as Campbellsville leaped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after plating a pair of runs off of Bulldog starter Rachel Cogdill.
Union, however, struck back over the next three innings, scoring a pair of runs in third, fourth, and fifth innings to go up 6-2 after four and a half.
In the third, Ashley Wojnowski posted an RBI on a fielder's choice scoring Andrea Foster from third base. On the play, Brianne Bowling advanced to third, and then scored after a CU error, tying the score up at 2-2.
Union grabbed the lead in the fourth, as Tiffanie Moore hit the first home run of her collegiate career with one out to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead. Union tacked on some insurance runs in the fifth, as Chandler Overton scored on another CU error, and Moore hit a two-out RBI single that scored Amanda Cupp.
It turned out that these runs were critical, as the Tigers finally roared back over the final two innings. After scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth, Campbellsville had one last chance in the seventh and quickly struck with a two-run homer that cut the Union lead down to a run.
With one out and runners on first and second, Union relief pitcher Megan Baldwin ended the game with one pitch, forcing the Lady Tigers to hit into a 5-3 double play to clinch the win for the Bulldogs.
Overall, Moore was dominant in game one, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Erin Cooper was the other Bulldog to have a multiple-hit game, going 2-for-3. In the circle, Rachel Cogdill (3-2) was the victor after six innings of work, while Baldwin earned her second save of the year after wiggling out of the jam in the seventh.
In the second game, the Tigers scored early and often, leaping out to an 11-0 lead after three innings.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs struggling mightily on the offensive end, recording just two hits in the five inning defeat, as Union's five-game winning streak was snapped in the process.
The Union College softball team returns to action on Thursday, hosting Asbury (Ky.) at Union Field. First pitch for game one of the doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.